By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
After a five-month national search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Washington County Hospital and Clincs board of trustees chose a candidate from right in their own backyard.
According to a news release, Todd Patterson of Washington has been named CEO and will assume the role on April 1. Patterson holds a master?s degree in business administration and a bachelor?s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa. He started with UI Health Care in 1997 and has served in many roles, including administrator in otolaryngology, chief of staff and assistant to the dean, and director of the UI Heart and Vascular Center. He accepted the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) for UI Physicians in 2014, becoming the first COO for the operation. In that position he oversaw the business functions of UIP, including human resources, clinical operations, budgeting and finance, and assisted UIP function as a high-performing and efficient group practice. During his tenure, UIP has grown to more than a thousand faculty and has expanded responsibility for all off-site and outreach clinics, including UI Health Care ? Iowa River Landing.
In addition to COO, Patterson also was an adjunct lecturer in the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management.
He is also a member of the Medical Group Management Association, the Iowa Medical Society, and the American College of Health Care Executives.
?I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful team at Washington County Hospital and Clinics,? Patterson said. ?WCHC is an incredible asset to the community and I look forward to helping ensure we are able to provide exceptional care to our patients now and in the future.?
Patterson has resided in Washington since 2005.
He and his wife Dana have four children. In his spare time he can be found coaching youth sports, working out, and playing the drums.
The hospital has been under the direction of interim CEO Dr. Stephan Schomer since September and Schomer will serve in the position until the transition.
Schomer has served as interim CEO since the board announced on Sept. 1, 2017, that former CEO Dennis Hunger had left. Hunger had served as CEO since August 2011.
?We are delighted to have Todd join the WCHC team and lead our organization into the future,? board President Keith Lazar said. ?His depth of knowledge and experience in executive leadership, strategic growth, and providing exceptional patient care parallels the focus of WCHC.?